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UNC's Thigpen on top as Tar Heels land top class

Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 2:08PM; Updated: Tuesday February 20, 2007 10:02AM
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Although Florida State's recruiting class wasn't as impressive as it usually is, John Lilly definitely still pulled his weight.
Although Florida State's recruiting class wasn't as impressive as it usually is, John Lilly definitely still pulled his weight.
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By Mike Farrell, SI.com, Rivals.com

North Carolina was the surprise winner of the ACC recruiting race this year, so it's no surprise that the Tar Heels have two coaches on Rivals.com's list of top 10 recruiters in the conference (in alphabetical order).

Led by linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen, the North Carolina staff had a breakthrough year.

ACC Recruiter of the Year, Tommy Thigpen, North Carolina: Thigpen recruited UNC's biggest signee in years in defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Thigpen also had a hand in landing Ryan Houston, Albert Craddock and Quantavius Sturdivant. Thigpen's efforts played a big part in facilitating a smooth transition from John Bunting to Butch Davis.

Jim Cavanaugh, Virginia Tech: Tyrod Taylor was the key to this class. Cavanaugh also pulled in offensive linemen Jaymes Brooks, Blake DeChristopher, Cris Hill and Davon Morgan. Cavanaugh has been solid in Virginia for years, and this recruiting season was no exception.

John Lilly, FSU: Lilly landed Dionte Allen and Jamar Jackson. He closed well on Signing Day with commitments from Markish Jones and Jatavious Jackson. Lilly was the main reason that Florida State finished in the top 20 this year.

Mike London, Virginia: London is back in college football after a stint with the Houston Texans. He had a successful return to recruiting, pulling Nick Jenkins and Lamar Milstead from the Maryland/DC area and landing linebacker J'Courtney Williams. London has always been a great recruiter, and this year was one of his best.

Bill McGovern, Boston College: One of only two holdovers from the previous coaching staff, McGovern was key in retaining recruits like Will Thompson and Dan Williams. McGovern also brought in John Elliott, Chris Johnson and Ifeanyi Momah after Tom O'Brien left.

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